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His Cleansing Blood

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." -1 John 1:7 God rescues us from the slime and slop and mire of our sin and washes us with the blood of His very own Son, Jesus. But that's not all. Our continued fellowship with the Father means for us that Jesus' blood keeps on cleansing us over a lifetime. "If we walk in the light... the blood of Jesus continually …

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Him Who Is Able

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." -Ephesians 3:20-21 I'm so thankful that God is able (and willing) to do more than we ask, for we ask so little of Him. Have you noticed how often we beg the Lord of the feast for crumbs from His table? We ask such small things from such a great God. But …

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A Healthy Perspective Of Self

"(John the Baptist) preached, saying, 'There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.'" -Mark 1:7 (NKJV) There exists in America today, a self-esteem gospel. It's a theological movement that says God's primary purpose is to make us feel better about ourselves. The assumption is that God is very man-centered in His existence. The key to live is seen as "believing in yourself." Obviously every human being needs …

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My Great Source of Confidence

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time; casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you." -1 Peter 5:6-7 Those are the words I used to read about 30 seconds before I would preach. Now they ring in my heart naturally. It has been said that people place the fear of public speaking right up there with death! For me, confidence does not come naturally and yet I have grown to enjoy and thrive in speaking from my pulpit …

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Cartoons These Days!

"Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation." -Lamentations 5:19 Cartoons these days!! I can remember when cartoons were actually funny instead of gross and wierd. Remember Bugs Bunny outsmarting everyone? Remember Donald Duck always fighting with Chip and Dale? Recently I saw a show about a cow and a chicken and the cow was shooting milk out of its utters like a gatlin gun. What's going on? Actually, If I'm honest I'll admit that Wile E. …

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The High and Holy One

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; His glory fills the whole earth." -Isaiah 6:3 (HCSB) God's holiness cannot be defined in terms of human goodness for "there is none good, no not one." Instead, we must realize that God's holiness speaks of His transcendent perfection. To say that God is holy does not merely mean that He is ultimately moral, but rather that He is completely removed from anything imperfect. His holiness is defined by His separateness. God's glory …

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Do You Believe God?

"Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me." -Acts 27:25 Do you believe God? Notice carefully the wording. I didn't ask, "Do you believe in God?" but "Do you believe God?" It's one thing to believe He exists, even this is true of the demonic world. In fact most people believe in God for very few people are true atheists. But do you believe God? When He makes a promise, do you take Him at His word? There will be one sure test of …

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Astounded By His Authority

"And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, 'Who can this be, that even the wind and seas obey Him?'" -Mark 4:41 (NKJV) Early in the ministry of Jesus to his disciples, He offered them a powerful demonstration of His power and authority. They were astounded that the forces of nature were totally obedient to His voice. This respect for His authority would create in them a tremendous respect for Him throughout His earthly ministry. Indeed, Peter would be willing …

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A Competition of Two Commands

Court Says Tithing Not an Option for the Bankrupt - Christianity Today Magazine Normally, I take the harder line on the question, "Should I tithe?" Most so-called theological arguments against the practice of tithing seem more like convenient rationalizations than well-researched answers to an age-old question. But this story may contain more than meets the eye. In short, Congress has passed new laws concerning bankruptcy and a court has now ruled that tithing may not be …

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Two Sides of God’s Sovereignty

One of the most familiar verses in the New Testament is actually a quotation from Joel. In chapter two, verse thirty-two of his prophecy, Joel declares, "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered." (in Acts 2:21 the word "delivered" is rendered "saved") But the verse, quoted in its entirety, includes an intriguing note: "...as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call." Here are two sides of the …

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